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Milton doctor, others charged in Medicaid kickback

Indictments of two former Brighton drug abuse clinic officials were announced Friday, with one accused of a Medicaid kickback scheme worth more than $590,000.

According to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, 48 indictments in all were returned by a grand jury against four defendants after an investigation by her Medicaid fraud division.

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Dr. Richard Ng, 54, of Milton, ran the clinic between 2006 and 2008 and was charged with 11 counts of illegal prescribing, nine counts of Medicaid false claims, and seven counts of Medicaid excess charges.

According to Coakley’s office, Ng grew his practice until he was treating more patients than legally permitted and boosted his annual earnings to more than $575,000. To maintain the large practice, he allegedly knowingly prescribed Suboxone to nine of his patients who according to their urine drug screens were not taking the drug and continued to use illegal street drugs, including heroin, methadone, and other opiates.

Ng also allegedly wrote prescriptions for Suboxone, which is used to treat addiction, in false patient names and illegally charged MassHealth patients a $100 “new patient registration fee” that was paid by cash or check to him directly.

Renee Andrews, 43, of Hudson, N.H., was charged in connection with the scheme. Authorities allege Ng’s former office manager offered and entered into kickback arrangements with the Franey Medical Lab in Hyannis and East Side Clinical Laboratory in East Providence, R.I.

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